December 10, 2006 |
Are you a fan of Youtube, Flickr and Napster all at once? Would you be happy if these applications were combined into a new application, with some feel of Myspace on top of it? That is exactly what Twango is, perhaps even a little better.
Twango is a new service developed by former Microsoft employees. It enables you to upload photos, videos, and audio -??in fact, any types of files – to be shared with your friends. After you sign up with Twango (email verification required), you are provided with your personal profile page. Neat and simple.
Just like with YouTube, the media files are grouped into channels and you can organize the content using social filters like most popular, most recent, most commented, most favorited and most shared. To make it easier for members to sort out the files they share, Twango has also added tagging feature in their service.
The media files you get from Twango can actually be embedded into your blog, just like what you can do with Youtube videos. They also provide several ways to upload the media files, you can email the files, use the web-based uploader on the Twango site or just send images via your cameraphone. It’s up to you which method to use. Windows XP users will have a convenient method of bulk uploading of their media files into Twango.
Currently Twango provides the service for free – including??unlimited file storage. How cool is that? They give you 250MB upload bandwidth and a 100MB file storage limit per month. Of course they??might come up with a paid package soon, but I can’t see any reason why one would prefer to stop using the free option. There is a high chance that they might face stiff competition from established services like Youtube and Flickr. But I’d rather be??optimistic and prefer to believe that they will somehow build their own fan base and ensure a significant growth rate over time.